Based in the Los Carneros and Stags Leap districts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Robert Sinskey has grown his 100% organic and Biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of premium vineyards over the past twenty-five years.
Sinskey Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2014
Robert Sinskey’s Cabernet Franc, Vandal Vineyard 2014, exhibits high-tone aromas of violet, oregano and sage — leaving a first impression that suggests old world styling, but with a delicious core of California sun-kissed blackberry and black cherry accompanied by notes of mocha, clove and nutmeg. Brooding concentration and complexity resolve into a focused finish on rails of sleek tannins. Drunk early, the wine will benefit from a swirl in the decanter prior to serving, yet all signs suggest this 2014 vintage has the bones to be cellared with the best of RSV’s Cabernet Francs.
The fruit for the Sinskey Cabernet Franc comes from the Vandal Vineyard in Los Carneros and benefits from the area’s cooler climate influenced by San Pablo Bay. The 2014 vintage was one of the driest on record with rainfall half of normal. The vintage was saved by the reservoir-filling rains that came in late February and early March. Overall, the growing season was amenable and tracking early until a freak hail storm shredded the canopies of the Cabernet Franc vines and slowed down the ripening cycle. The fruit came through relatively unscathed and the extra hang time might have actually helped. The third year of drought created wines of beauty, depth and concentration.The Cabernet Franc was quintessentially ripe with hints of dried herb and marvelous dark red fruits. The 2014’s are structured wines with balanced acidity and firm tannins – perfect for the cellar or for the table.